Plug & play is the philosophy behind the format changes in all Schubert packaging systems. This also applies to pick & place machines and greatly simplifies the daily work of machine operators. Robot tools and format parts can be changed with simple hand movements and without in-depth knowledge of the machine. The format parts are designed so that nothing needs to be set or adjusted. In the tray destacker, they are also equipped with an RFID chip and coded. The packaging machine recognises the coding and only starts if the parts of the tray destacker have been changed correctly. Once the program for the new format has been selected on the operating panel, the control system automatically adjusts all other parameters, for example in image processing. After the changeover, the picker line is ready to start up immediately with the best packaging quality.
Manufacturers who need to process a large number of formats due to market conditions are therefore especially well positioned with pick & place machines from Schubert. Not only is their outstanding versatility convincing – up to 50 formats and more are feasible in a single picker line – but also the exceptionally reliable and fast format changeover between the different products and packages. This even applies to the use of sustainable materials: At Schubert, pick & place machines can switch from plastic trays to cardboard trays and back again, without any costly modifications.